This beautiful sounding guitar bears many of the characteristics of
instruments built by the great Franco-Sicilian luthiers. Although I
can't positively identify who made this instrument, it very well could
have been built by Busato, Castelluccia, Bucolo, Di Mauro, Fontaine,
or any of a number of other immigrant run shops active at the time. It
has no label, but it's impressive woods and hardware suggest it was a
flagship "presentation model" or perhaps a custom order.
loosely based on a Selmer, this unique design is in essence a "slimline"
Gypsy guitar of sorts. The 15 15/16" body is just 3 1/2" deep, making it
extremely comfortable to play. It has a spruce top which is supported by only three
braces. The back and sides are constructed of highly figured walnut.
The three piece walnut neck was built in the Sicilian style, with an
ebony spline. Hardware includes a set of the
highly coveted BB tuners and a BB tailpiece.
three brace design and soundhole shape are very reminiscent of
Castelluccia's work so this instrument could have been constructed in
that shop or by someone who had worked there. While the instrument does
have Busato hardware, it doesn't appear to be original to the guitar.
sound of this instrument is big, bold, and full with lots of character
and projection. It most certainly makes a great rhythm guitar as it
produces thick, meaty chords that sound almost like two guitars playing
at once. But it's also quite snappy, with nice single note projection
that results in easily audible leads that have a lot of depth, warmth,
This instrument is remarkably
well preserved, with no major damage and completely free of cracks. It has
numerous dings and scratches that are consistent with light use and the
replaced frets have little wear. It's easy to play and all the notes
sound clearly up and down the neck.
This is a rare opportunity to own a guitar with great vintage sound
for less. Why wait for the next $20K Busato when you can have this fine
sounding guitar for a fraction of the price?
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